Wilbur D. Brewer

Staff Sergeant Wilbur D. Brewer died on 1st June 1944 when a U.S.A.A.F. B-17 came down on the slopes of Cave Hill in North Belfast killing all 10 crew members.

Staff Sergeant

Wilbur D. Brewer


Staff Sergeant Wilbur D. Brewer (16075633) served in 306th Bomb Group (The Reich Wreckers), 8th United States Army Air Force during the Second World War. He was the son of Charles C. Brewer and Verna B. Brewer (née Walker) of Clinton, DeWitt County, Illinois, U.S.A., and the husband of Eileen Brewer (née Burns).

Brewer died on 1st June 1944 while serving as an engineer and top turret gunner on B-17 #42-97862 en route from Gander, Newfoundland. The plane crashed in heavy fog at Cave Hill, Belfast while waiting for clearance to land at Nutts Corner Airfield, Co. Antrim. All 10 crew members in transfer from 401st Bomb Group died as a result.

Burial first took place at Lisnabreeny American Military Cemetery, Belfast. After the war, Brewer was repatriated to Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, DeWitt County, Illinois, U.S.A.

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